Nikki Haley crushes Drudge poll as victor of Republican debate, leads Ramaswamy by 21 points
Her numbers led Vivek Ramaswamy by 21 points who received 24% and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis by 28 points who received 16 points. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie received 12% and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott received 3%.
November 9, 2023 9:13am
Updated: November 9, 2023 9:13am
Five Republican presidential candidates faced off against one another in Miami Wednesday night, but one came off as the undisputed victor according to a poll conducted by the Drudge Report news aggregator.
Of the five candidates who qualified for the debate, excluding former President Donald Trump, former Ambassador Nikki Haley had a whopping 45% vote on the Drudge poll.
The former North Carolina governor lassoed a 21 point lead over Vivek Ramaswamy who received 24%, and a 28 point lead over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who received 16%.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie received 12% and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott received 3%.
The debate, which was held at the posh Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami was hosted by NBC News and sanctioned by the Republican National Committee.
It was moderated by “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt, “Meet the Press” moderator Kristen Welker and Hugh Hewitt, host of “The Hugh Hewitt Show” on Salem Radio Network.
Throughout the evening, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley battled businessman Vivek Ramaswamy about the role the U.S. should play in Ukraine.
At one stage, Ramaswamy got personal and mocked the former ambassador’s shoes and accused Jewish President Volodymyr Zelensky of leading an army of Nazis.
Haley responded to his allegations by calling him “scum” at one point during the clash.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis focused on criticizing President Trump, who is currently the undisputed Republican front-runner in the polls.
Trump did not attend the debate and instead gave a rally at Ted Hendricks Stadium in Hialeah, Miami where he courted Cuban exiles by comparing his U.S. courtroom battles to the communist Castro regime's persecution of on-island dissidents.
The candidates also argued about the continued use of TikTok and China’s influence in the United States.